Monday, February 06, 2006

Ebu Gogo Skull Enshrined in Silicon


H. floresiensis, the tiny hominid who used to live on the Indonesian island of Flores and may have been the legendary Ebu Gogo, is getting the Mutter Museum treatment, New Zealand style:
University of Wollongong scientists in 2004 were involved in the discovery of skeletal remains of a human species of hobbit-like proportions never before seen.

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Two UOW scientists involved in determining how long ago the species existed - about 18,000 years - have purchased silicon replicas for $2000 each.

Dr Chris Toohey said one skull would be displayed at the university with a painting of what the "hobbit" is expected to have looked like.
Link. Scientists speculate that, had the Ebu Gogo had silicone herself, she might have been able to remedy those pendulous breasts. Can you tie them in a knot? Can you tie them in a bow?

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H. floresiensis and H. sapiens skulls, Associated Press, courtesy USA Today, borrowed for news-reporting and comment purposes.


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